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Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

techcrunch.com — Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

So jaded. MT @miriamgottfried: FYI: Something isn't worth $35B just because some sell-side analysts at Citi says so tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

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Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

techcrunch.com — "2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality" says investor Mike . But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @dragoninnovate: Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse | TechCrunch ow.ly/GaYVT

Dec 19, 2014

VR is a fragmented and startups need to cooperate, so Rothenberg Ventures just opened a VR accelerator tcrn.ch/1zcySBp tip @Techmeme

Dec 19, 2014

Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse tcrn.ch/1zcySBp A YC for VR. Smart

Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts

techcrunch.com — Milliseconds make a difference when it comes to chat. The less lag, the more it feels like being in the same room. But with texting, we lost the cues like nods and "mmhmm"s that tell you someone heard what you said.
Dec 19, 2014

Facebook just rolled out a big speed boost to Messenger, plus animated "sending/sent/delivered/read" receipts tcrn.ch/1v0WzVK

Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

techcrunch.com — Editor's Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase. As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, " potrepreneurs " are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community.

Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

techcrunch.com — It's rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a "freak electrical accident" connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system.

Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood?

techcrunch.com — Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models' inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @ron_miller: @alex and I wrangle with the subscription model in our latest point-counter point. Can you guess which sides we took? tcrn.ch/1sMD0qa

Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency

techcrunch.com — Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades.

Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

techcrunch.com — U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition which it's hoping will underpin the next wave of search queries as computing becomes increasingly immersed in the physical world - thanks to the rise of wearables and the Internet of Things.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Neurence's Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear tcrn.ch/1r4svgz by @riptari

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

techcrunch.com — Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the "anonymous social" category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and Snapchat and others in order to introduce new features like location-based posts, and disappearing private messages.
Dec 18, 2014

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them: ift.tt/1C4vRUG

RebelMouse Expands Its Publisher Tools With The River, A Personalized Newsfeed

techcrunch.com — RebelMouse first launched as way for people to combine their social network updates into a "social front page," but more recently, it's been working to give publishers social tools for their own websites and apps, through a platform called Rebel Roar. Now it's rolling out the latest piece of Rebel Roar - The River.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @RebelMouse: Live on @TechCrunch: RebelMouse Expands Its Publisher Tools With The River, A Personalized Newsfeed rbl.ms/1zCpgyO thanks @anthonyha

Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness

techcrunch.com — Expect Labs Raises $13M To Give Apps Better Voice Controls Last night in San Francisco, 6436 of our neighbors slept on the streets or in shelters. The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society.
Dec 18, 2014

The problem w/homelessness is not invisibility imho, it's lack of mental health care programs + terrible laws tcrn.ch/1wRd6Qj

Bustle Lands $15.5 Million From General Catalyst

techcrunch.com — Bustle, the lady-centric news site led by Bryan Goldberg (because he knows women) has raised $15.5 million led by General Catalyst. Time Warner Investments, Rothenberg Ventures, 500 Startups and The Social+Capital Fund also participated in the round.

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

techcrunch.com — It's been different for everyone," she said. She was upbeat, optimistic, even after finding out her bank account information had been traded on a black market websites. She was worried about her identity had also leaked. She imagined her private information on some forum somewhere and shuddered.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edbott: "She works for Sony Pictures.... 'We are stuck in 1992 over here,' she said." techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

"She works for Sony Pictures.... 'We are stuck in 1992 over here,' she said." techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago” techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago” tcrn.ch/1sHORFS

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New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

Dec 18, 2014

LOL. New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak tcrn.ch/1wIGRDZ

Dec 18, 2014

SecrYak is an anonymous, text-based sharing app where you can see gossip from nearby, leave comments, and earn points techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/the…

Dec 18, 2014

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak tcrn.ch/1wIGRDZ The Anonymous App Singularity

Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

techcrunch.com — Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you "achieve your dreams," is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users this week.
Dec 18, 2014

Oh the irony. "@sarahintampa: Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down: ift.tt/1z1fiD8"

Dec 18, 2014

Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down: ift.tt/1z1fiD8

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

techcrunch.com — Recently a Microsoft employee published a blog post on the company's Office blog. The missive, under the name of Tim Carroll, a "senior product manager on the Office 365 team," is perhaps the worst and best corporate blog post of all time.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mathewi: Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR Made better by @alex’s awesome commentary.

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

This might be the first sign ever, that anyone at Microsoft has a sense of humor. And then of course, it was... fb.me/76ZHPToKo

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This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

techcrunch.com — Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that'll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It's a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history.
Dec 18, 2014

Gonna add this stocking stuffer to my "Gift Guide For Spies Or Evil People" techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/thi… via @Grg

Uber Driver Charged With Rape In Boston

techcrunch.com — An Uber driver in Boston has been charged with rape, according to Bloomberg. He allegedly took a female passenger to a secluded area on the evening of December 6 and raped her. Police Commissioner Robert Haas and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan have identified the suspect as Alejandro Done, 46, through Uber records.

Redfin Raises $70.9M To Expand Into New Markets

techcrunch.com — Online real estate brokerage Redfin today announced that it has raised an additional $70.9 million in an effort to expand into new markets. The round was led by two large institutional investors, Wellington Management and Glynn Capital Management, with participation by Priceline chairman Jeffery Boyd's Brothers Brook and Redfin board director Bob Mylod's Annox Capital, as well as Tiger Global Management and a number of funds managed by T.